Eagles volleyball finishes strong spring season

Eagles volleyball players pose for a photo between sets at Siesta Key Beach.
Eagles volleyball players pose for a photo between sets at Siesta Key Beach.

The Polk State volleyball team enjoyed a busy—and successful—spring season. Highlights included competing against NCAA Division II schools in tournaments March 22 at Barry University and April 18 at the University of Tampa.   

"We competed very well and took sets from most teams," said head coach German Del Valle. "Taking part in these tournaments helped involve Polk State in the community and put our name on the map." 

At Barry, the Eagles faced Florida Atlanta University, Barry University, St. Johns University, and Miami Dade College. They played Florida Southern University and the University of Tampa in the April 18 tournament. 

Moving outside, the Eagles competed in beach volleyball tournaments Feb. 28 at St. Pete Beach and April 12 at Siesta Key Beach. 

"At St. Pete Beach we competed well with teams in our conference," said Del Valle. "The Siesta Key Beach event is the biggest beach volleyball college tournament in the east. We finished third, which is great for this being Polk's first 'serious' beach season." 

Del Valle says he and the players look forward these outdoor events. 

"Not only are they a fun break from inside the gym, but they also brings a lot of mental toughness and strategy." 

During the spring season, players trained hard on and off court, and Del Valle says their work ethic, especially in the weight room, showed in games. 

"Our players came every morning ready to work. Day by day, our togetherness grew more and more." 

Players also helped at the Top Select Volleyball Academy in Winter Haven, coaching 15- to 18-year-olds and traveling with them to tournaments throughout Florida.   

"That gave our players new experiences and helped them better understand the game," said Del Valle. 

Polk State begins its preseason Aug. 1.

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